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The business case for health IDs

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February 21, 2012
FedCyber Wire, Solution Providers, Technology
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The health care market is riddled with identity management and authentication challenges but smart cards may be poised to change that.

Health care organizations are faced with a myriad of obstacles when it comes to security, identity verification and authentication of staff, says Michael Magrath, director of business development for government and health care at Gemalto.

Magrath serves as chair of the Smart Card Alliance Health Care Council. For a recent webinar, the council brought together a group of presenters leading the charge for strong authentication in the health care industry.

These include physical access to secure areas of the hospital and strengthening network access to sensitive electronic health records and billing information. Some institutions have responded by issuing smart card-based identity credentials to caregivers for physical and logical access.

Initiatives from Washington are also impacting the industry. Earlier this year, the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Health IT Privacy and Security Tiger Team recommended that two-factor authentication be required for individuals remotely accessing electronic health records for the purpose of sharing them with another provider.

via SecureID News, continued here.